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School of Policy & Practice


Primary Department
School of Policy & Practice
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 311

Academic biography

Francesca Lorenzi is a lecturer at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her teaching is primarily in the areas of Intercultural Education, Ethics and Values Education, Philosophy of Education and Curriculum Implementation ; Assessmentn and Feedback. She obtained a PhD in Education from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth with a thesis focusing on the role of dialogue in assessment and the democratisation of practices in education .Her current research expertise is in the area of Teaching and Learning with a specific focus on Assessment and Feedback and Educational Ethics. Since 2005 Francesca has published a range of articles, books and chapters relating to assessment, and ethics and distance education. Formerly she was Co-Chair of the BA in Humanities offered by Oscail the Distance Education Centre at Dublin City University. During this time she engaged in research and published on evaluation of distance education courses. She has presented her research on assessment at several national and international conferences. Her most recent project focussed on the evaluation of Fighting Words a creative writing initiative initiated by Irish writer Roddy Doyle and aimed at cultivating creativity particularly among disadvantaged school children. She has served as Research convenor for the School of Education Studies between 2013-2014.She is currently a member of Further Education and Training Research Centre (FETRC), of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection (EQI), of the inter-disciplinary project EELF (Ethics Education through literature and film) and of the Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Dublin) based in DCU. Her specific research interests include but are not limited to dialogue in education, democratic and inclusive approaches to educational assessment, creativity in education, ethics in the classroom, values and identity in relation to education for sustainable development. 

Research interests

Philosophy of Education Assessment design and feedback Values and Moral Education Pedagogical Dialogue, Creativity in Education, Democratic approaches to education